the pinto wagon

pea-soupy green

wood-ish sides

bare bones edition

shared with sibs

junk food

single shoes

lost school papers

hand crank windows

no air

sometimes heat

as many friends as we could jam in

 rockin’ our fm-converter

 a drag-racing ticket 

but it had wheels 

took us places

 this was our flivver.

had a number of flivvers

over the years

but none 

carried the memories

like this one. 

do you remember your flivver?


Part of Speech- Noun

Origin – Unknown, early 20th century

Definition – A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.


“a car for every purse and purpose.”

-alfred p. sloan



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87 responses »

  1. Favorite memories..visiting our cousins in the US, all of us piling into the back of that thing (Seatbelts? What seatbelts?) rolling and flopping all over on our way to that big, fabulous mall!!

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  2. My “Flivver” was a 1950 Buick that had belonged to a great-aunt who was the “little old lady school teacher.”
    She never drove it any farther than to school and back. I got it in 1963. It had only 11k miles on it. When I sold it in 1965 it had 55k.

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  3. never heard that word FLIVVER… but I do remember in the seventies when I lived for a short while in Canada and travelled the US, having been in great awe of those wood-panelled street cruisers, those cars with seemingly no end, flashing lights in wondrous forms, but also those rather small trailler addendums, where you clapped out the sides, hightened the inserted metal bars and thus created a folding out double bed and so much more!

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  4. Haha! Too funny! Wood-ish sides, sometimes heat, pea-soupy green, hand-crank windows, and lots of friends—now that’s a flivver! The thing is, we thought it was the best. Thanks for the memories!

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  5. I never drover our ‘flivver’ but dad bought a 1950 something Lancer station wagon. We used it for everything. My brother drove it to school his first day he could and hit something with it. He wasn’t allowed to drive it again. Which meant for a lot of walking for the rest of us!

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